The White Men of Jerome Mesnager
Friday, 26th June 2009 by Julien Gremillot
Jerome Mesnager is a French artist who made his name during the 80s with a spree of stencil art featuring a distinctive “white man” resembling an artist’s mannequin.
Although most of his pieces were removed within weeks or days, his prolific output means that there are still many classic examples to be found on the streets of Paris and its eastern suburbs.
The remaining pieces are mostly those which were commissioned by shop owners, such as on the window of a hair salon and outside the restaurant L’Émile (where the man is inexplicably wrestling a zebra).
Elsewhere in Paris, we’re lucky that the Street View car visited during lunchtime so we can see further examples on shop shutters. The man is painting pictures at a toy store on rue de l’arbalète and leaping for joy at an art gallery on rue de Montreuil.
The leaping continues at Mesnager’s workshop in Montreuil (right at the east of Paris), and two-storeys up at the Hôtel des Académies (where Mesnager also used the white man to decorate the interior).
There’s doubtless many more of Mesnager’s pieces that we’ve missed, so have a hunt around Paris and leave a comment with your findings.
Thanks to Eric from Paris Daily Photo.